Taste Test – Hippie Garden Chips

When someone says the words snack food, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? I bet it’s not the words healthy, vegetables, or nutritious, are it? And I don’t mean snacks – because clearly snacks can be healthy. I’m talking about those packaged foods marketed as snack foods. Oh sure, they might add some fancy marketing to make them sound like a great choice (100 calorie snack packs anyone?), but most of that is usually moot point when you actually take a look at the label and read the ingredients and nutrition stats. Snack foods are a huge segment of the food market (I can’t remember any of the stats off the top of my head, but we consume something like 25% or more of our calories each day from snack foods), so it’s great to see when some companies take it upon themselves to make a more nutritious snacking option that is just as convenient as picking up a candy bar.

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An email came across my inbox from Hippie Foods (out of Burnaby, BC), telling me all about their new product called Hippie Garden Chips. Intrigued, I soon enough had a package delivered to my door so I could give these new snacks a go. What exactly is a Hippie Garden Chip you may ask? Their website describes them as

raw, nutrient dense snack made with slices of real organic veggies tossed in a savoury dressing made from nuts and seeds. Certified Organic, gluten-free, non-GMO and vegan.

The chips are made from a variety of different vegetables, such as beets, carrots, zucchini, cabbage, kale, and more, which are dehydrated and then seasoned. The company states that they use local produce whenever possible to make their chips, and have 4-6 grams of protein and 3-4 grams of fibre per serving (each bag has 2 servings). And unlike many snack foods you will find, they are trans fat free (yay!).

The chips come in three different flavours, each with their own unique mix of vegetables and seasonings:

  • Snacking Stir Fry (zucchini, carrot, kale, red cabbage)
  • Roots Medley (sweet potato, zucchini, beet)
  • Crunchy Coleslaw (cabbage, carrot, apple)

First impression – none of the chips actually look quite as pretty as the images on the bag. Instead of being individual chips, they tend to stick together creating some sort of mega chip that isn’t quite as fun to eat. But their colours were fairly bright, and they were all crunchy which was good. Here are my thoughts on each of the flavours.

 

Snacking Stir Fry

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These were the first ones I tried, and I  liked this flavour, although found the taste started to get overpowering as you continued eating them. Which, might be good for portion control. I enjoyed the blend of vegetables in this one, as they didn’t tend to form such big conjoined chips, so they were easier to eat. The sunflower seeds and sesame seeds were nice additions as well. The tamari and agave gave them a nice sweet/salty flavour.

 

Roots Medley

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I had high hopes for these chips, but sadly, they were my least favourite. They look nothing like their pictures. In fact, I found they looked almost like bark off a tree, mostly because they were so big, flat, and dull. I like all of the vegetables in there, but they did nothing for me in this chip. I can’t even really put my finger on what it is about their taste that doesn’t work for me. They just weren’t my thing.

 

Crunchy Coleslaw

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I actually thought these would be my least favourite chip, but turns out they were the best flavour of the 3. I think the tart Granny Smith apples with the slightly sweeter seasoning made for a great balance of flavours. I also liked that the chips were thinner, because they were mostly cabbage with is thin to begin with. It made they more pleasing to eat. I don’t know that they quite tasted like coleslaw, but I don’t care. I could probably eat the whole bag they were that tasty.

 

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My overall verdict – the Hippie Foods Hippie Garden Chips aren’t a bad snack option when you are on the go or craving something crunchy and salty. They are made with real food, and aren’t fried. They do have a fair amount of salt (about 10 – 15% of your daily value), so that is something to consider. I personally wouldn’t choose the Roots Medley, but we all have different tastes, so it might very well be your favourite. I haven’t seen them in stores in my area, so I can’t comment on cost. I also appreciate the philosophy of the company, and how they want to bring tasty nutritious foods to the market place. Oh yeah, and they are local!

 

Disclaimer – These products were provided to me free of charge to sample and review. As always, all opinions are my own.

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